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Stanley Klosky, the fighting miner

On this day in 1914, Cuba City's heavyweight boxing star Stanley Klosky attempted to prove himself in a come-back match against his former opponent Art Nelson, "the fighting woodchopper" of Sparta. The match opened the fall boxing season of the Wisconsin Athletic Club and took place at Acme Hall in Platteville.

Stanley Klosky, also referred to as the "fighting miner," worked in Cuba City-area mines when he wasn't in the boxing ring. In the spring of 1914, 27-year-old Klosky weighed in at 198 pounds, stood 6 feet 2 inches, and had a reach of 79 inches.

No photographs have been located of Klosky, so we must rely on written descriptions for clues about his appearance. A Dubuque newspaper noted that "the big miner has a pair of hands that precludes the possibility of anybody ever taking him for a jeweler." The same article mentioned that "Klosky is no Adonis that's true and he is not very long on conversation" (Dubuque Daily Times-Jour…

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